Midway ISD school board asks voters to approve $148M bond

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Midway Independent School District board voted Wednesday night to ask voters to support a bond proposal for $148 million bond.

The amount would also allow the district to drop its tax rate by one cent.

The unanimous vote came after several months of community meetings and input about the amount the bond should be for.

In May, the district's Momentum Facility Study Committee -- a diverse group of about 40 parents, educators, business leaders, retirees and community members -- recommended a bond package of $177 million.

The facility committee had been meeting since October to decide how to manage future growth for the district.

By 2028, Midway ISD's enrollment of almost 8,070 students is projected to spike about 32% to 10,700.

However, the district currently only has capacity for about 9,200 students.

The study committee recommended the district build a new elementary school and switch to a traditional middle school model of grades 6-8, which would mean the district would no longer have intermediate schools, but instead eight elementary schools feeding two middle schools, which would in turn feed the district’s single high school.

Nearly all the bond proposal – 94 percent – is designed to address growth:

• 26% - construction of a new elementary school in Hewitt
• 29% - addition and conversion at River Valley to convert it to a 6th – 8th grade middle school
• 21% - addition at Midway High School to expand Career & Technical Education (CTE) facilities and create additional student capacity
• 9% - conversion of Woodgate to become a PreK – 5th grade elementary school
• 9% - renovations and upgrades to Midway Middle School
The remaining six percent of bond funds will go toward capital improvement projects and upgrades to the district’s technology data center:
• 3% - HVAC system replacements
• 2% - roof replacements
• 1% - upgrades to technology facility and data center

Election Day is Nov. 5.